WINNIPEG, MB – Four members of the Winnipeg Goldeyes’ 2017 American Association championship team are currently playing baseball in Latin America.
Outfielder Josh Romanski and right-handed pitcher Victor Capellan are both playing for the Mexican Winter League’s Aguilas de Mexicali. Romanski is already 4-for-8 (.500) after two games, while Capellan has not yet made a relief appearance. Romanski was the American Association’s Player of the Year after hitting .324 with 11 home runs and 81 RBI. Capellan posted a 1.25 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 50.1 innings while leading the American Association in relief appearances (50).
Left-hander Zack Dodson is pitching for the Mexican League’s Mayos de Navojoa for a second consecutive winter. Dodson was Navojoa’s Opening Night starter earlier this week, and was 6-5 with a 3.49 ERA in 14 starts for the club last winter. Dodson finished 11th in the American Association with 98 strikeouts, and was the winning pitcher in the historic Game Four of the American Association Championship Series on September 18th versus Wichita.
Outfielder Reggie Abercrombie is playing for the Nicaraguan Professional Baseball League’s Gigantes de Rivas where he is teammates with former Goldeyes’ catcher Luis Alen. Abercrombie batted .272 with 16 home runs in the regular season and ranked second in the American Association with 81 RBI. Abercrombie added 10 more RBI in nine postseason contests.
Commonly referred to as “winter ball,” various countries in Central and South America field highly-competitive teams that play during the fall and winter months. The majority of each club is comprised of players native to the host country. Teams are also permitted to carry a certain number of foreign-born players. Both the native and foreign-born players cover a wide spectrum of experience with current and former Major Leaguers populating many of the rosters.
The Winnipeg Goldeyes won the 2017 American Association championship on September 20th with an 18-2 win over the Wichita Wingnuts at Shaw Park. It was the Goldeyes’ second consecutive championship, third in the last six years, and fourth in the team’s 24-year franchise history.
The Goldeyes open the 2018 season in May and will be celebrating their 25th year.
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